The law in the USA allows the homeowner to defend themselves against the intruder. But many people think that this means that an owner can kill shoot and kill anyone that comes on their property without their consent. Many people place “Trespassers will be shot,” signs on their property and many think that the sign gives them some rights when and if it comes down to the shooting.
People more than often wonder whether the sign is a right think to place because the sign is a threat to all that come on the property. Well, it is legal to put a sign, as the First Amendment dictates. The sign is a simple form of speech, and this amendment guarantees the freedom of expression.
This sign doesn’t have any legal background, and it is a simple scare tactic. No one wants to shoot someone, so by placing this sign the people are telling the would-be burglars that they are armed and ready to shoot. But even though the sign states that any trespasser will be killed, it doesn’t give the owner the legal right to kill someone who trespassed. If it was as simple as some people think, then the homeowner could kill anyone that places a foot on their property and be free of any doubt on whether that was manslaughter or the defense.
The law is straight, if you, as a homeowner, shoot a person that trespassed on your territory then the facts involved in the shooting will have an impact on the investigation and the existence of the sign on your property will have no impact.
Universal law about self-defense doesn’t exist, so it differs from state to state. But the general line that goes through the law is that the deadly force may not be used. Well, to be exact the deadly force may be employed only if there is a high and reasonable fear of substantial and imminent harm to people in the home. The majority of the states use the “stands your ground” principle when it comes to deadly force. If the trespassing case requires a self-defense which includes the use of the deadly force then, in this case, the owner can freely use it, without any attempt to retreat. Some other states have a bit more strict laws. In those states, the owner must withdraw if it is possible, and if it isn’t then they can use deadly force as a mean of defense.
The general underline of the law is quite simple, the force the owner uses should be proportional to the threat they are facing. For example, if a trespasser has a weapon, firearm or sharp weapon, and it is reasonable to assume that they have bad intentions then the use of the deadly force is justified. But, if an intoxicated person comes to your property and they insult you or simply scream then the use of lethal force is not justified. It might be scary, but they do not pose a threat.
Hit and Run is an offense in the eyes of the law only when a person leaves the scene of the crime (car accident). If a person abandons the crime scene without identifying themselves or providing the aid to the injured until the authorities arrive then they are guilty of this offense. Some states also consider the collision with the animal as a hit and run. Being guilty of an accident doesn’t matter in the case of the hit and run. Every person that abandons the scene of the crime is guilty. If a person leaves the site of the offense simply to get a signal so they can call for help and they come back to the location, then they didn’t commit the hit and run.
The state law divides the hit and runs in felony and misdemeanor, and they punish the drivers according to this classification. A hit and run are considered as a crime if there is only a material damage as a result of the accident. In this case, the offender is fined up to 5 thousand dollars and up to one year of the jail time. Remember that even the accidents where you drive back into the car on the parking lot are considered as a hit and run if you don’t leave your info for the owner of the car.
If an accident from which you ran had people that were injured, then the crime is considered as a felony. In a case of hit and run offense, the offender may receive a fine between 5 and 20 thousand dollars and up to 15 years in jail, depending on the result of the car accident.
Those were only the criminal penalties for a hit and run, and there are also administrative and civil penalties for the same crime.
An administrative penalty is related to the driver’s license. If a person is guilty of a hit and run, then their license is revoked for a minimum of 6 months. Some states even invoke the revocation of the license for up to 3 years, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Several states practice the law through which a person can lose their driver’s license for life.
A car accident may lead to a civil lawsuit, no matter whether you abandoned the place of the crash or not. In this kind of the lawsuit, the damaged party may demand monetary compensation for their damages, bills, wages that they lost due to the accident and so on.
The only difference between the civil lawsuit in a case of the hit and run is that the court includes the treble damages. Treble damage means that the compensation the offender has to pay is tripled. This is done to punish the wrong behavior that resulted in hit and run.
But there is more. When the court finds a person as guilty for the accident, then their insurance will cover the compensation. But the insurance will not pay the treble damages, so the offender will have to pay them out of their pocket.
I’m sure we all agree on the same thing – being a corporate lawyer means having a rewarding and successful career path. Of course, a road to the stars is never easy, and you must work very hard, sacrifice a lot and study for a lot of years as well because you will need to get qualified, first of all, gain your experience and continue professional development in this area of law.
You must know much about a corporate lawyer and understand his work. He only serves one client (works for only one corporation) and is called to handle different tasks such as corporate tax, structure issues, acquisitions, mergers, employment issues, reporting, etc. He also must know a lot about various fields and handle a huge number of problems as some companies may hire several lawyers and each of them needs to be a specialist in a couple of corporate law areas.
You will have to train and study hard for many years to become a lawyer, and before you start going to a law school, you must complete something called the undergraduate degree. Here, there is no subject that you must study, but you have to consider all kinds of skills which a lawyer needs to posses such as comprehension and writing skills. Skills to analyze an issue critically and articulate the position clearly with all evidence also plays the major role, as well as skills to be able to process a lot of data and read all research. You may also need knowledge of economics, philosophy, history and English.
You will need to gain much experience which is useful just like some qualifications, and make sure you think of chances and ways to develop your skills into practice in writing, debates, government, etc. Check the possibilities with near law firms, work for those corporations to support you and give you some experience.
When the time for a law school comes, first you need to pass the LSAT, and you will be ready to apply for the law school. Get ready and prepared and know that this may be very long and hard process and that’s why you must have a lot of patience and be committed to your choice entirely. There you will need to take many classes on taxation law, business, etc. which will be very helpful and this is how you will prepare yourself for the specialism.
Make sure you talk to the professionals in the field you’re in and develop many contacts because later you will need to find a job and it may be extremely hard if you haven’t shown yourself in the best possible way. You mustn’t be shy, just go ahead and talk to everybody including your teachers in college and ask them for recommendations and insight.
Once you have finished everything, it is time to apply for the jobs. You can start applying for the jobs online, but you can also try other methods at the same time. If you have a problem with finding a job, try to rent office space from the person you want to work for, tell them you will always be ready to work and offer yourself for free.